Serena Rothschild

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The Lady Rothschild
Born
Serena Mary Dunn

(1935-04-28)28 April 1935
Died13 January 2019(2019-01-13) (aged 83)
London, England
NationalityBritish
OccupationThoroughbred racehorse owner
Spouse(s)Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild
Children4, including Hannah Mary Rothschild and Nathaniel Philip Rothschild
Parent(s)Philip Gordon Dunn, 2nd Baronet Dunn
Lady Mary Sybil St. Clair-Erskine
RelativesNell Dunn
James Hamet Dunn

Serena Mary Rothschild, Baroness Rothschild (née Dunn; 28 April 1935 – 13 January 2019) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse owner and the wife of Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild.

Early life[edit]

Rothschild was the daughter of Sir Philip Gordon Dunn, Bt., and Lady Mary Sybil St. Clair-Erskine (daughter of James St Clair-Erskine, 5th Earl of Rosslyn). Her sister is the writer Nell Dunn. Her paternal grandfather was Sir James Dunn, Bt., a prominent Canadian financier.

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Rothschild oversaw the management of Waddesdon Stud at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.[1] In November 2006, she paid 3 million guineas for the mare Spinning Queen, then a world record price (for a filly or broodmare) of 4.6 million guineas when she purchased Magical Romance at the Tattersalls sale.[2]

In 2009, her colt Pounced, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. In 2011, her colt Nathaniel won the King Edward VII Stakes (G2) at Ascot and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), also at Ascot. In 2012, she won the Eclipse Stakes (G1) with Nathaniel, The Lancashire Oaks (G2), and then the Irish Oaks (Classic G1) with Great Heavens.

Personal life[edit]

On 20 October 1961, she married financier Jacob Rothschild, with whom she had four children, Hannah (b. 1962), Beth (b. 1964), Emily (b. 1967), and Nathaniel (b. 1971).[3]

The couple made their home at Pewsey, Wiltshire, and maintained a villa on the Greek island of Corfu.[4] She and her husband were involved in a number of charitable and humanitarian organizations, and she was a Vice President of the Wiltshire Blind Association.[5]

Lady Rothschild died in a London hospital on 13 January 2019 following a short illness.[6] She was 83.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Rothschilds' racing heritage".
  2. ^ Rushmer., By Tony. "Magical Romance sold for 4.6m gns".
  3. ^ The Rothschild Foster Trust: "The descendants of Charles Rothschild" Archived 2012-09-07 at the Wayback Machine retrieved September 27, 2012
  4. ^ "Javier Barba | BC Arquitectos | Green Architecture". bcestudioarchitects.com.
  5. ^ "Wiltshire Blind Association, President, Officers, Patrons and Members". web.archive.org. Oct 9, 2011.
  6. ^ "Nathaniel owner Lady Rothschild dies aged 83". 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.